Saturday, November 20, 2010

I guess I missed doing a posting yesterday, probably because there isn’t really anything exciting to write about.

Yesterday was cleaning day and I am happy to say we are now nice and clean for a couple more days but it doesn’t take long before it needs to be done again.

John went out and did some running around looking for bits and pieces but I opted not to go – Lowe’s, Home Depot etc. aren’t high on my shopping places!

Today I did three loads of laundry so that is caught up again for a bit, I want to try to get on a Thursday as laundry day routine so hopefully that will work out. The laundromat has put in a lot of new machines so hopefully when it is busy machines will still be available. After the laundry we stopped at Fry’s and picked up a few groceries then it was home again.

This morning before we went out to do laundry we noticed our friend Diane was across the road at Betty’s so we went over to say hi. During the conversation we mentioned that we were surprised the couple from Gravenhurst weren’t here yet as they left about the same time we did. Later, when we got back, Betty came over to tell John that she had just heard that Marvin had had medical problems when they were in Laughlin and they had to go home, not a nice thing to hear. Hopefully he will be okay but don’t know if they will be able to return this winter.

The fellow whose shed John had stored his bike in last spring hasn’t arrived yet either, but fortunately he gave John a key to the shed so John got his bike out this afternoon and it is now ready to get some use. John has missed his bike rides since leaving Kincardine and is looking forward to getting in the groove again. I hope to start water aerobics next week, have to find some water bar bells first so hopefully I can get them on Monday.

This afternoon I did the same as yesterday after I finished cleaning – I sat outside with a good book and enjoyed the sun and warm temperatures.

As you can see it has been a couple of quiet days, just the way we like.

Our daughter Kelly and her husband and daughter were going to Ottawa today to see our grandson who is going to University of Ottawa. Looking at the weather they could be in for a bit of snow so hope they have a safe trip. Our granddaughter is hoping to go to the U of O next fall so they were going down so her brother could giver her a tour of the university.

And so ends another two great gifts of days and we look forward to another good tomorrow.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The weather today was wonderful, sure hope it lasts!

This morning we headed over to Time Warner to pick up the internet modem, when arrived there were a lot of cars parked so we figured it was really busy but much to our surprise, and pleasure, it wasn’t the least bit busy so we were in and out in record time.

Our next stop was Wal Mart, I wanted to get a pedicure, hair cut and pick up the rest of the groceries. While I was doing that John went to where he gets his hair cut and then when he got back to Wally World he noticed that the TV we bought two weeks ago was $50 cheaper, drat. But, to make a long story short, he got a refund of $54.70 so we are happy campers. Due to all the running around re the haircut and TV John never did get to wander around the store at all but I am sure he will find lots of opportunity to do that over the next four months!

By the time we got home it was almost 4 p.m. so too late to get into any major projects today, guess I will just have to wait until tomorrow to start cleaning. Everything is totally filthy so tomorrow will be the day to make the inside at least look nice and clean and shiny again.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another good tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We have arrived at our winter home in Yuma – hooray! We arrived here about 2:15 p.m. and were glad to see the end of the road days, the trip here was 4120 km (2559 miles) so we have covered a lot of ground!

Today’s drive was good and we got 15.1 miles/U.S. gallon, not too shabby, especially considering the last two days we were driving right into the wind so were only getting around 10.5 miles/U.S. gallon. The drive through Tucson was good but I am always glad to get through there, it is so stretched out and takes a long time to get through. We waved to Bob & Denise as we passed Casa Grande, would have loved to stop and say hello but at that point we just wanted to get to Yuma. At least we had a nice visit, although brief, when they stopped to see us in Waterloo at the end of October.

Picacho Peak Near Casa Grande

Cotton Fields

A Double Dome

Lots of Saguaros

Looking Down the Road

We saw this trailer at a park in Gila Bend today and think it is the same one we were parked beside a couple of years ago in Alamogordo (I don't imagine there are too many trailers like it around!)

Once we got set up we sat outside and enjoyed the warmth and sun along with an icy cold beer. Around 5:30 we headed over to Fry’s to pick up a few groceries then picked up a pizza for dinner at Da Boyz Pizza – it was really yummy!

Tomorrow we have lots to do but number 1 will be picking up a modem from Time Warner so we can get the Road Runner internet set up and working.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another good tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today was another gorgeous day with a high of 72F (21C), it was nice to be able to wear capris and a short sleeve top again.

We had a good drive from Alamogordo to Benson, AZ and are now at Cochise Terrace RV Resort. We have stayed here a few times and it is a nice resort but I forgot that the internet is Tengointernet, not a freebie, I just checked it out and it appears that we can get a 4 hour freebie to try it out so will wait until after dinner to try it as I don’t want to waste time between now and after dinner.

White Sands Outside of Alamogordo

And We Crossed into Arizona

Usually the sunsets here are stunning so I am hoping we will get a nice one tonight, it seems kind of hazy looking out so I’m not sure what that will do for the sunset.

The trailer is disgustingly dirty, we will have to arrange to have the Mexicans wash the trailer and truck as soon as possible! The first couple of days will be busy getting organized, I need to do a major grocery shopping, we both need haircuts and I need a pedicure. And of course, first and foremost is a trip to Time Warner to pick up the parts for internet while we are in Yuma.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another good tomorrow.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Today was another nice day but windy, fortunately the Airstream isn’t a high profile RV so the wind doesn’t really bother us or knock us around.

We took I-40 from Tucumcari to Santa Rosa, then picked up Highway 54 south to Almagordo. Highway 54 was good most of the way but there was about a 100 km (60 miles) stretch where it wasn’t real great and no shoulders. There was very little traffic so that was a help during the rougher part.

Driving Through New Mexico

We were going to stay at Edgington RV Park in Alamagordo, it is a Passport America Park and we had stayed there two years ago and it was quite nice but when we got there it was pretty well full. We had passed the Boot Hill RV Resort a couple of miles back so turned around and went back there, a good move, as it is a really nice park and for one night we got the PA rate of $13.25 – how good it that!! There is free wi-fi here and long pull thrus, a really nice park.

Boot Hill RV Resort

We are back in the part of the country we love with mountains, mesas and lots of nothing for miles. The mountains here are really pretty tonight with the sun and shadows and blue sky interspersed with dark clouds, very pretty!

The high today was 58F (14C) and tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, warmer and no wind, how good is that!

Tonight I will make dinner inside, linguine with Alfredo sauce and shrimp, that way we don’t have to worry about trying to grill in the wind. Another quiet evening is in store, and probably an early evening, as again we are tired after another travel day.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another good tomorrow.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Today was another travel day and we traveled through four states on Highway 54 starting in Kansas, then Oklahoma, Texas and ending up for the night in Tucumcari NM. The morning started out drizzly but after about a half hour the sun was out and it was sunny, but cool, the rest of the day. The high today was 51F (10C) but it was pleasant in the sun.

Highway 54 was busy through Kansas but the traffic thinned out considerably when we got into Oklahoma but lots of transports. As Al of the Bayfield Bunch said, you have to keep those tires rolling along here. The day was mostly driving through the plains and we saw 6 or 7 very long trains and a couple of huge feed lots – could smell them long before seeing them!!

We saw a lot of these trucks running the railway tracks

Driving Through the Plains

We arrived at Mountain Road RV Park in Tucumcari about 3:30, having lost an hour when entering New Mexico – we are now on Mountain Time so 2 hours behind home. I decided to do a load of laundry when we got here so that I wouldn’t have to be running out to do laundry as soon as we get to Yuma. This is an okay park for overnight, the site is just barely long enough for us not to have to unhook. Certainly no “it” factor here, but for an overnight it is fine.

While the load was washing I came back and vacuumed and dusted then went back and stayed until it was dry. There were two other couples in there and in chatting it turned out the one fellow had a birthday today – he is 87 years old and still driving a See Ya Motorhome – good for him!

John grilled steak for dinner – yummy. I don’t know why but driving days are always so tiring, and I don’t even do the driving! Anyways, it will be an early night for us.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another good tomorrow.